Iheanacho not the same player under Guardiola - Owen

Michael Owen believes that the Nigerian striker has regressed since Pep Guardiola took charge of Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is having a negative effect on Kelechi Iheanacho's confidence and ability, according to Michael Owen.

The former Liverpool striker was impressed with Iheanacho's performances under Manuel Pellegrini, but believes he has "regressed" under Guardiola.

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Iheanacho scored eight goals last season for City and has netted six times in the current campaign since Guardiola took charge at the Etihad, including four in the league.

But the Nigeria international lasted just 45 minutes of Monday's Premier League clash against Burnley being replaced at half-time by Sergio Aguero, who bagged the winning goal for City.

Owen believes that Guardiola's management style is affecting Iheanacho, and that he does not look like a striker filled with confidence.

"Iheanacho isn’t the same player he was once," Owen told BT Sport. "His confidence has taken a hit, I think he plays with lot of pressure as he is unsure what could happen next unlike when Pellegrini was in charge.

"He is surrounded by players he knows have the trust of the manager unlike during Pellegrini’s reign where he has the trust of the manager and knows it. 

"He has regressed under Guardiola. He is under pressure."

Iheanacho could get another opportunity to start in Friday night's FA Cup third round visit to West Ham.